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weapons legislation. was it controversial? absolutely. proposed it in 1993. it became the law in 94 and lasted to 2004. when it came to the floor and i did it as an amendment to the crime bill. as a matter of fact, joe biden who was chairman of the judiciary laughed at me and said now you are going to learn about the gunners. they aren't going to let this happen. there wasn't a -- vote. there was a motion. there wasn't a live filibuster. is that controversial bill. why? because both sides felt that this was important that we go to the senate to stand up and vote and that's what we should do. to debate something on the floor, make it as fierce and as long as you need but do it and then vote. what's happened with the advent of this new president is, the republicans have stated the leader has stated our -- this is a pairs from -- pairs from. our number one priority is the defeat of this president. and they instituted a requirement of cloughture which requires 60 votes even on a motion to proceed to debate an issue on the floor. certainly on a motion to close off the debate. so they def
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